High March School tops £14,200 in a year for the NSPCC

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Par­ents and chil­dren at High March School in Bea­cons­field do­nated the money to the NSPCC af­ter the char­ity spoke to chil­dren as young as four about how to stay safe from abuse.

The NSPCC vis­ited the school as part of its Speak Out Stay Safe pro­gramme, which was de­liv­ered to more than 23,600 pupils at 109 pri­mary school across Bucks last year.

The ini­tia­tive is fully age-ap­pro­pri­ate, with as­sem­blies for year one and two pupils and more in-depth in­ter­ac­tive talks and work­shops for older chil­dren.

Pri­mary school chil­dren are taught about dif­fer­ent forms of child abuse and en­cour­aged to speak out about any wor­ries they have, with the help of mas­cot Buddy.

High March has been rais­ing money for the NSPCC since 1948 and this year pupils held col­lec­tions at school events, a stall at the Christ­mas Fair and a Book Char­ac­ter Day.

High March head­mistress Sue Clif­ford said: “The chil­dren have learned about the ex­cel­lent sup­port given to chil­dren across the UK, and the work of Child­line.

“The school has two NSPCC Pre­fects each year who raise funds and the Par­ents’ As­so­ci­a­tion also do­nates a per­cent­age of the prof­its taken from events they or­gan­ise.

“We were de­lighted to present the NSPCC with cheques to­talling £14,203 and we are pleased that this money will go to­wards sup­port­ing abused chil­dren.”

Cather­ine John­son, NSPCC Schools Ser­vice Or­gan­iser for Buck­ing­hamshire, said: “For High March School to mark al­most 70 years of fundrais­ing for the NSPCC with such a stag­ger­ing dona­tion is just fan­tas­tic.

“Thanks to the pre­fects, par­ents and ev­ery­one who do­nated.

“This money will help us reach more schools so that chil­dren all over the coun­try are em­pow­ered about how to speak out and stay safe from abuse.

“It is vi­tal that young peo­ple know the trusted adults they can talk to, and through our Speak Out Stay Safe Pro­gramme we can help pro­tect a gen­er­a­tion of chil­dren.”

Teach­ers can re­quest a Speak Out Stay Safe visit via www.nspcc.org.uk .

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